Jaw discomfort can oftentimes be related to a TMJ disorder. TMJ occurs when the temporomandibular joint (TMD) is not functioning properly. The TMD connects the jaw bone to the skull and works by moving up and down as well as side to side. Many consider the TMD to be one of the most complicated joints, which is why, at times, it can easily be pushed out of sync and cause discomfort.
When your jaw joint is not functioning properly, it can lead to many symptoms. Many people have symptoms that they don’t realize are stemming from their jaw joint. Constant headaches, neck pain and ear pain can all be related to TMJ. Being seen by your dentist can help you know where your symptoms are coming from and what kind of treatment you need.
Symptoms of TMJ may include but are not limited too:
- Jaw pain
- Difficulty chewing
- Clicking or popping jaw
- Muscle spasms
- Neck pain
- Ear pain
- Locking jaw
- Face swelling
There are several treatments for TMJ depending on the severity and side effects it is causing. Sometimes an oral appliance is recommended to help alleviate strain on your jaw. Wearing the oral appliance can help your jaw relax and begin to work properly. Other TMJ treatments may include stress reduction, pain medication, a soft food diet, gentle exercises and more. Oftentimes allowing your jaw to rest as much as possible can also help alleviate your symptoms.
With a variety of symptoms, it can be hard to know where to start to get help. Your dentist can assist you in getting to the root of the problem, evaluate your jaw movement and help you find relief. If you are experiencing symptoms of TMJ and live in the Fort Pierce, FL area, call our office today to schedule a consultation and find out how to get relief from your pain!